Michael Joseph Halfmoon, born March 22, 1952 died May, 15, 2021, in his home at Spokane, Washington. Michael, known by many as “Big Mike” or “Mr. Man” to others, was born to Carolyn Halfmoon in Pendleton, Oregon. Mike was raised on Mt. Hood, in Zig Zag Oregon, by Ed & Betty Ferraris. He attended school in Sandy Oregon. In 1970, at the age of eighteen he enlisted in the United State Marine Corp, completing basic training at Camp Pendleton and was stationed in Puerto Rico for the duration of his service. He was honorably discharged in 1972. He married Jenny Annis on May 20th, 1973. They had a son Jake later that year. The family lived together in Portland. Mike and Jenny were later divorced. Mike later met and had two children with Jacqueline Van Pelt, a daughter Karla Halfmoon and another son, Delbert Halfmoon. Mike also raised Jackie’s son, Robert James, as his own. They lived on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, in Pendleton, Oregon. Many people know and remember Mike due to his many years developing himself as a skilled construction worker and heavy equipment operator. Some of his proudest accomplishments include the results of his significant contribution and craftsmanship on the Freemont Bridge in Portland as well as thorough and detailed excavation of the tribal fishing sites along the Columbia River. He was also employed for a period of time as a truck driver, making big hauls around the region. Big Mike loved cars, classic rock & roll music and the open road. He was a proud veteran of the Marine Corp and proud of his Native heritage and family history as a Halfmoon. He was proud to work hard to provide for his children. He is preceded in death by his mother Carolyn, younger brother “Little Mike” Summers, daughter Karla Halfmoon and former partner, Jackie Van Pelt. He is survived by his sons, Jake Ferraris (Jessie), Delbert Halfmoon and Robert James Van Pelt, as well as grandchildren Keisha, Emily, Halee & Jacob jr. Ferraris, Leah, Sophie & Quentin Van Pelt and Joseph Halfmoon. He is also survived by Brother James Halfmoon and Sisters Cindy Halfmoon and Peggy Summers. Honorary Pall Bearers are Father Mike Fitzpatrick, Ronald Halfmoon & Family, Harold Halfmoon & Family, the Kalama Family, his lifelong friend Gary Anderson and his many friends made out on the road, both building it and driving it. Rosary & Memorial Mass will take place on Saturday May 22, 2021, 9:00AM at St. Andrews Church. Grab & Go lunch will be provided at Kateri Hall following Saturday service. Private cremation will be held with family only and his ashes will be placed with his daughter Karla Halfmoon at the BIA Agency Cemetery at his children’s discretion.
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